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Cozy Mid-Century Lake Home, NEW Fall rates! Sleeps 8, sunset view on Hutchins Lk

Fennville, MI, USA
  • House1550 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

Relax, enjoy sunsets, bon fires by lake, farm to table eateries, farms, vineyard

Cute As The Dickins perfectly describes our lakefront cottage; the original Dickinson lake home. Come and enjoy all fall has to offer in West Michigan...Apple Picking, Winery tours and tastes, Goose Festival!

This lovingly restored, clean and fresh family cottage home, features an expansive green lawn to the lake, plenty of land and water toys, and a retro 1950's cottage theme with all of the modern conveniences we have come to desire and location location location! Close to it all yet far enough to relax and enjoy the peacefulness.

Knotty pine walls exude warmth and comfort. Enjoy a lakeside large bedroom with king bed and bunk bed, reclining leather rocking chair and TV, full bath just off bedroom hallway/fun retro mint green tile and fixtures plus one smaller bedroom suite with queen bed and full bath. And a third option is the queen sleeper sofa in the living room alcove. 32" flat screen, Comcast Cable with WIFI.

Fun decor throughout. The retro 50's kitchen is complete with original turquoise metal kitchen cabinets, 50's chrome dinette set, Kit Kat Klock and original boomerang Formica counter top with chrome edge trim. Find a fondue set, Revere-Ware pan set, Corelle dishes, and pink handled flatware...all of the fifties fun with modern convenience. The large kitchen features a washer & dryer as well as an eat in breakfast area, full size refrigerator/freezer, electric range, dishwasher, microwave, 1 high chair.

The large L shaped living room features a game/dining table that seats 4 / leaf avail. if needed. 2 Large picture windows overlooking the lake, plus a full glass pane door, allow for a panoramic view of the lake and all that is going on, from fishing, sailing, paddle boarding, skiing, peddle boating, kayaking, canoeing, to the swans who swim by and occasionally come ashore. The warm clear waters and sandy bottom of the lake make it such an enjoyable experience. You might even spot a Bald Eagle!

Outside you'll find two porches, one covered, one open, furnished to enjoy coffee sunrise or dessert and wine sunsets; outdoor living at it's finest. Last year we added a nice new concrete patio to the lakeside yard, making grilling and picnics a pure joy! Also new last year is a sidewalk from the driveway to the cottage. Each year we make a few more improvements.

For those who like to fish, cast your line from our private dock, drop your worm between the rocks along the shoreline and expect to catch bluegill, perch, crappie or maybe even a pike, although trolling is really best for pike. Maybe it's just a sit in the sun you love...we offer that too. You are welcome to bring your own boat with the public boat launch just down the street a ways. Nice private drive for walks, stroller rides, or biking. Bring your bikes along. Enjoy the basketball hoop and court and wooden swing set/playhouse for children, paddle boat and 2 kayaks. Fire pit and gas grill, picnic tables and lawn chairs.

2 large tv's with Comcast cable as well as wireless internet services are provided. Sheets and towels, blankets, pillows and bedspreads are furnished, as well as a completely set up kitchen. No smoking, no pets allowed. Year round rental.

The location can't be beat. We are 1 mile from downtown Fennville with several restaurants, a large grocery store, drug store, hardware and lots of entertainment throughout the year. We are only a 5 mile drive to Lake Michigan if it's the Big Lake you'd like to explore...but of course much chillier waters come with this as well. You will enjoy how quickly Hutchins Lake warms up in the summer. We are approx. 10 min from Saugatuck Douglas, 15 minutes from South Haven.

So much to do in this beautiful coastal area from fruit picking, wine and hard cider tasting, trails for hiking and biking, galleries galore and quaint lake towns just a quick drive from Chicago, Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Detroit. We have many visitors from Ohio, Indiana, as well as St. Louis, as well as east and west coast visitors.

New this year is our 2nd option, The Little Dickins. This was formerly the guest house. Any of you who have stayed with us previously have wondered what will become of this cute little place, that had been my grandparents guest house but had been neglected for too many years. We spent last year completely re-doing it and it's available for over-flow guests who rent the larger cottage. Call us if you are interested in learning more.

Fennville is definitely a 4 season community, so check out the happenings in all seasons...you'll surely enjoy the colors of fall and our Annual Goose Festival/Get your Goose in Fennville Michigan! Stay with us for Homecoming at Hope College, WMU, Grand Valley, Calvin, Lake Michigan College...we're only minutes away from all.

Our Christmas celebration is small town America at it's finest. And with the snow comes cross country skiing, ice skating on the lake, ice boating, ice fishing...you name it...Fennville offers it if it's family fun you are looking for.

We're a beautiful 10 min. drive to quaint downtown Douglas and Saugatuck. Visit Glenn as well, with the Blue Star Hwy antique and artist tour route. Circle the lake to find Fenn Valley winery, Virtue Cider farm, Crane Orchards U-pick, corn maize, hayrides, cow rides:) and of course Cranes Pie Pantry Bakery for delicious meals...all made on the farm...from the farm to the table.

Speaking of farm to table...check out Salt of the Earth...another award winning restaurant, right downtown in Fennville, with a wonderful evening menu...be sure you try the brussel spouts and hanger steak!

Many enjoy the Blue Goose diner for breakfast...and a favorite for decades has been the What Not Inn at the corner of Blue Star and M-89, ...fun music Sunday and Monday evenings while you dine on a casual menu and the best coconut cake on the planet! Great pizza from the Glenn Store, Hop'N and lots of great spots in Saugatuck/Douglas as well.

Those are just a 'few' of the fun spots you will discover in this area...unique for it's art and country flair. But all you really need for a fun and relaxing vacation can be found right at the cottage. Two kayaks, 1 row boat, 1 paddle boat for your use. A gas grill, outdoor seating areas, a great and always used fire pit and a playhouse, swing, slide for the kids...plus your own private dock!

We hope to be your hosts for your next vacation!

Bob and Kym

As you can see...we're high on this area!

Owner

Kym Zumbrink

Member Since 2013
Premier Partner
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 17, 2018
About Kym Zumbrink

I was born in Fennville, and we came back to live here after our marriage and a short 2 years in Troy Michigan where we started our careers after college. The family hardware lured us back, and we settled and raised our family here in Fennville. I grew up just down the street from Cute As The Dickins/my grandparents home. It has been a true labor of love to restore the home and keep it in our family, as it has always been, since the 1930's. The picture is of one of our daughters, with her daughter, and 4 of our other daughters daughters! We're a family of many daughters! We still own and operate the local True Value hardware that has been in my family for over 135 years...and I also work in a local retirement community as their Move-In Coordinator/decorator. Life is full, and sharing our family cottage, helping others make memories on Hutchins Lake, has been a true joy.

Kym Zumbrink purchased this House in 2013

Why Kym Zumbrink chose Clyde

The location of our home cannot be beat. It's the best spot on Hutchins Lake in our opinion...having owned property on the lake and grown up here. Enjoy 75 ft of pristine, natural lake frontage, and beautiful sunsets from the shaded yard of this property. The home is much larger than it appears from the outside. This location is central to all West Michigan has to offer, a quick ride to Holland, Saugatuck, Glenn and South Haven, and a quiet retreat away from it all. You like Lake Michigan too? No problem...great beaches within 5-6 miles from the cottage... Hutchins Lake is a VERY clean lake, and it warms up so nicely...you will love this beautiful find. Nice big yard for all kinds of activities and a play house, slide and swings for kids plus basketball court.

What makes this House unique

Location Location Location! Enjoy the quiet of this private lakefront neighborhood and the closeness to all of the vacation activities you can think of in West Michigan. We're right on the lake...not across the road, or down a hill...just a nice easy walk across the beautiful yard to the lakes edge making it easy and safe for families. The lake is shallow along our 75 ft of frontage, safe for children to wade and swim...with it becoming gradually deeper. We've added a play set for children, 2 kayaks, paddle boat, toys, and have provided all of the amenities to make your vacation relaxing and care-free. We think Fennville is West Michigan's best kept secret...with it's quaint downtown, and well known restaurants and winery. New this year is Virtue Hard Cider production farm near the Fenn Valley winery. The Beervangelist also calls Fennville home...learn all about these interesting people and places during your stay. Cranes Pie Pantry Cider Mill and U-Pick is just around the corner. Or how about a 400 acre organic blueberry farm for your picking pleasure (Pleasant Hill Farms)...or buy their frozen/shippable berries already picked and boxed. Our fantastic mix of restaurants attract visitors from many miles away / so be sure to try them all! Many antique stores and art galleries plus very unique lakeshore towns are located within minutes from our home. Some of the finest Lake Michigan beaches are a quick car ride from Hutchins Lake. We think you'll like Hutchins Lake enough you will want to spend most of your time enjoying this recreational hot spot. The local music and art scene can't be beat...from Free Tuesday in the Park concerts to fun and lively bands in the local restaurants...right here in Fennville (10 min. from Saugatuck and Douglas... Come and enjoy the flavor our this unique and hidden jewel.

Amenities

    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking

      Bedrooms

      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, 1 baby crib, 1 bunk bed, pack n play provided
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, small full bath adjacent to this bedroom
      • L Shaped Living room with alcove
        1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon, Queen size sleeper sofa in alcove area of living room
      • Queen bedroom has a mid-century headboard. New sheets and quilt and pillows. Built in dresser, closet, and a darling 50's white leather chair. Two windows make for a bright and cheery space to relax and rejuvenate. It has it's own bathroom with shower. Kind Bedroom features a brand new leather headboard, new sheets, quilt, mattress, pad, as well as a new set of bunk beds with the same features. Relax in the soft leather rocker recliner as you gaze out over the lake via a large picture window. 25' tv in this bedroom. The sofa sleeper is brand new, and comfortable! We provide new matress pad, sheets, blankets and pillows and quilt. Enjoy your view from this bed of the lake...beautiful beautiful view! 32' TV in this room.

      Bathrooms

      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Retro soft green tile, tub, sink and toilet...adorable
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower, Adjacent to Queen bedroom, turquoise/white.

        Location Type

          • Lakefront
            Beautiful lakefront property, with gorgeous sunset views. Nothing but green grass and a shade tree between you and the lake! Nice sandy beach, shallow by dock, great for children to play, fish, swim.
          • Waterfront
            75 ft of great sandy waterfront property. Shallow enough for toddlers with a gradual walk to deeper water for older swimmers. No road between you and the lake...just green lawn to waters edge.

            Theme

              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions

                Meals

                  • Guests provide their own meals

                    General

                      • Iron & Board
                      • Air Conditioning
                        central air
                      • Fireplace
                        Non-functioning
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        forced air furnace
                      • Internet
                        Comcast, log in password in the cottage notes provided.
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        Electric in kitchen
                      • Linens Provided
                        new sheets, blankets, bedspreads and pillows
                      • Living Room
                        Large living room, L shaped, with queen sofa sleeper at one end and game/dining table at the other end. Two large picture windows for beautiful lake view. 32' color TV, WIFI. New and retro furniture.
                      • Parking
                        4 parking spots provided
                      • Towels Provided
                        towels for each bathroom, bring your own beach towels please.
                      • Washing Machine
                        in kitchen

                        Kitchen

                          • Coffee Maker
                            Drip and perk, + auto bean grinder
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            Corelle dishes, plenty of glasses, serving dishes, mixing bowls, casseroles, and all of the utensils I could think of. Crockpot for lazy day cooking while you are out having fun! Belgian waffle iron.
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Kitchen
                            Retro 1950's turquoise metal cabinets and boomerang patterned countertops. large full kitchen, wood floor, and retro dinette add to the charm. Retro table in kitchen seats 6. 2 highchairs. W/Dryer
                          • Microwave
                            new small compact
                          • Oven
                            electric full size stove and oven.
                          • Pantry Items
                            Paper towels, wax paper, plastic picnic plates and glasses. Starter of coffee & tea/bring desired drinks. Bean grinder. Retro hot dog/hamburger baskets. T.P. Garbage & recycle bags. Grilling supplies.
                          • Refrigerator
                            Full size, freezer on top.
                          • Stove
                            30' Solid surface electric stove
                          • Toaster
                            wide 2 slot.

                            Dining

                              • Child's Highchair
                              • Dining
                                Two areas for dining, in kitchen, retro dining table with leaf and 6 chairs; end of living room game/dining table with leaf and 4 chairs. Two high chairs available. Retro iron patio set outside.
                              • Dining Room
                              • comfy seating for 6 people

                                Entertainment

                                  • Books
                                    Just a few
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Game Room
                                    game table provided, poker set, karam board, many games for all ages.
                                  • Games
                                    Several board games. poker set, karam board / checkers
                                  • Music Library
                                    small, limited
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    Comcast
                                  • Stereo
                                    CD player and radio
                                  • Television
                                    Tv's in living room and king bedroom.
                                  • Toys
                                    Mega blocks and Fisher Price play houses and barn, basket ball and backboard, play house and swings, child rocker, doll bed

                                    Outside

                                      • Bicycles
                                        bring your own, nice places to ride around the lake, and several trails nearby: Kal-Haven, Allegan State Forest and great bike trails in Holland.
                                      • Boat
                                        Paddle Boat, and row boat new this year (2017)
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        2 covered open porches with darling furniture plus a new exposed aggregate patio lakeside.
                                      • Golf
                                        Many nice courses within 20 miles or less. The Ravines & Clearbrook in Saugatuck, Hawks Head and Beaches in South Haven are all very nice courses that won't disappoint.
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        2 kayaks for your use
                                      • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        Large expanse of lawn to the lake. Many lawn chairs and lounges, vintage croquet set, badminton, swing set and playhouse. Fire pit will be new in 2017.
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        gas grill and tools
                                      • Water Sports Gear
                                        1 infant and 2 child sized life jackets, several more available too

                                        Suitability

                                          • wheelchair inaccessible
                                            There are 3 steps to get into cottage/no ramp. Doors are not handicap accessible.

                                            Attractions

                                              • marina
                                              • churches
                                              • festivals
                                              • health/beauty spa
                                              • library
                                              • live theater
                                              • cinemas
                                              • museums
                                              • playground
                                              • recreation center
                                              • restaurants
                                              • winery tours
                                              • zoo

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • paddle boating
                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • boating
                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • miniature golf
                                                  • outlet shopping
                                                  • beachcombing
                                                  • photography
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • fitness center
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • hospital
                                                      • laundromat
                                                      • massage therapist
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • mountain biking
                                                          • basketball court
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • equestrian events
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • fly fishing
                                                          • freshwater fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • hot air ballooning
                                                          • hunting
                                                          • ice skating
                                                          • jet skiing
                                                          • kayaking
                                                          • cross country skiing
                                                          • parasailing
                                                          • pier fishing
                                                          • roller blading
                                                          • sailing
                                                          • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                          • skiing
                                                          • snorkeling/diving
                                                          • snowboarding
                                                          • snowmobiling
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • tennis
                                                          • water skiing
                                                          • water tubing
                                                          • wind-surfing

                                                            Notes

                                                              • The home is ready to go when you enter. Sheets/beds made, and towels provided fresh to you, and of course blankets, bedspreads and pillows. Sheet also for pack n play. We require a $150 property maintenance fee and $500 refundable security deposit. Located in Fennville, the cottage has a fantastic location that most don't want to leave...but if you do want to explore it is just a few minutes to Saugatuck, Douglas, South Haven, Holland, Grand Haven...but far enough that you don't fight traffic and crowds. It's a true get-away!

                                                                32 Reviews

                                                                Wonderful4.9/5

                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                Great Getaway--Quiet Perfect Lake

                                                                evan m.

                                                                My wife and I spent a quiet week in this great cottage on the perfect lake. It was calm and peaceful--a time to relax and enjoy. We went kayaking every day (often twice) and as wildlife lovers were not disappointed--blue herons, swans, raccoon, a golden eagle, humming birds, ducks, geese, and even a bald eagle! Just what we were looking for...

                                                                Wonderful all around. Had a really great time.

                                                                Larry R.

                                                                Love the house especially the retro renovation and a really good location; short drives to every where we wanted to go. Roomier than we expected, too, though we also spent a lot of time outside on the back patio looking at the beautiful lake. Fabulous setting, very peaceful, quiet but lots to do nearby. We'll be back.

                                                                Amazing Vacation on Hutchins Lake

                                                                Jen W.

                                                                Cute as a Dickens lake house lives up to its name and more! Our family which consists of my husband, 2 children (ages 5 and 2) my mother and myself spent 7 days at this lovely lake home. We had everything at our disposal including 2 kayaks, a paddle boat, beach supplies, toys and an amazing outdoor play set. Our kids were always entertained while we were there! The location of this home is ideal to visit all the adorable towns including Fennville, Saugatuk, South Haven, and Holland. We can't wait to stay at Cute as Dickens again!!

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                We are so happy you enjoyed your stay at our family lake home Cute As the Dickins! It sounds like you took full advantage of all the lake and area have to offer, and we welcome back anytime! You were excellent guests and we appreciate the wonderful care you took of the cottage. Cheers! Bob and Kym

                                                                Cute as the Dickens

                                                                Tharon B.Saint Louis, MO

                                                                We had a wonderful time at this adorable cottage. It is on an amazing lot. We enjoyed sitting on the patio watching the lake during the day, and sitting by the fire pit at night. The kids were constantly out in the kayaks and paddle boat that were provided. They paddled all over that lake fishing. (catch & release, of course) None of us were ready to come home.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                We're so happy you enjoyed all that our Lake cottage has to offer. Our goal is for our guests to relax and enjoy the lake and all the area has to offer. Sounds like your stay was all of that. Cheers!

                                                                We had a fun, relaxing week at this charming cottage.

                                                                Allison B.

                                                                Three generations spent a week here and loved every minute. Having spent many summers in South Haven it was nice to get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy the warmth of Hutchins lake. The kids (ages 15, 14, 8 & 6) enjoyed the kayaks and paddle boat as well as swimming and fishing in the lake. Lots of books were read and card games played. We took a trip to South Haven and Saugatuck but mostly stayed close to the cottage, enjoying the town, winery and Crane's u-pick and restaurant. The cottage was immaculate and well stocked. And the extra touches of ice cream and soda were greatly appreciated! We were sad to leave!

                                                                Great, clean cabin on the lake!

                                                                James T.

                                                                It was a great, very clean cabin. Perfect location to Saugatuck, Holland, and South Haven. We had a great time!

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                We appreciate the care this guest took of our home, and welcome them back any time. Sounds like they took in a lot of activities while here and enjoyed the cottage as well as location.

                                                                Thank you for choosing us for your vacation destination!

                                                                Kym and Bob

                                                                Location

                                                                Fennville, MI, USA

                                                                Cute As The Dickins is located on 375 acre, beautiful Hutchins Lake, in quaint Fennville Michigan. Just a quick bike ride around the lake to FennValley Winery, Crane Orchards Pie Pantry and Winery and U-Pick, Gary Crane U-Pick, and Virtue Cider, though you may want to take the car to haul your purchases;) Farm to table restaurants, unique restaurants within 1-2 miles of the cottage. Award Winning Virtue Farm Hard Cider production and tasting room and Palazolo's Italian Gelato production are also located in Fennville / unique and outstanding. The area is rich in beautiful farms and orchards...time it right for fresh fruit in season; strawberries, blueberries, apples, peaches, pears, and more! Organic blueberries at Pleasant Hill Farm are a favorite destination for many, 1 mile from our cottage. Hiking/biking trails in the Allegan State Forest, and Kal-Haven trail are not far away. Lake Michigan beaches 6 miles, shopping in Holland, Saugatuck, South Haven just a short drive away. All of the conveniences needed in downtown Fennville 2 miles. Enjoy antiquing, art galleries, best beaches in the country, Hope College theatre productions, hunting, fresh water fishing (fish right from our dock) or just enjoy a lazy day at the lake from your cottage lawn. 2 kayaks provided. If canoeing is preferred, canoe the Kalamazoo river. Best vacation location in West Michigan...away from the crowd, but close enough to all the action if it's action you desire. Think about staying for a college reunion, sports event, or to visit your family that is at college throughout the year. We're close to Grand Valley, Hope College, Lake Michigan College, Western Michigan University...all within 45 minutes of the cottage... a nice break away for your college student, or close to but out of the rat race of most campus towns. Year round, this is a relaxing peace of heaven.

                                                                Rates & Availability

                                                                Additional information about rental rates

                                                                Cleaning Fee
                                                                $150
                                                                Tax Rate
                                                                6%

                                                                Rates subject to change until reservation confirmed. Rates vary according to demand / season. $100+ forfeit of security deposit if you delay your check out. We need this time to clean for the next guest, please be courteous.

                                                                $300avg/night
                                                                32 Reviews
                                                                Wonderful 4.9/5
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